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El hombre y el monstruo (1959)

| Horror | 1959 (USA)
A failed pianist sells his soul to the devil in return for his becoming the greatest musician in the world. The catch: every time he plays he turns into a horrible monster.

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Enrique Rambal ...
Samuel Magno
Abel Salazar ...
Ricardo Souto
Martha Roth ...
Laura / Alejandra
Ofelia Guilmáin ...
Cornelia
Ana Laura Baledon ...
Girl killed by Samuel
José Chávez ...
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Maricarmen Vela ...
Blond Motorist (as Mari Carmen Vela)
Carlos Suárez
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Anita Blanch
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A failed pianist sells his soul to the devil in return for his becoming the greatest musician in the world. The catch: every time he plays he turns into a horrible monster. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Faust meets The Wolf Man in arty Mexican horror
20 October 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Rafael Baledón's The Curse of the Crying Woman was practically unknown until it received a DVD release from the now defunct Casa Negra; and ever since has been considered something of a classic by the majority of horror fans that have seen it; myself included. I didn't go into his earlier film "The Man and the Monster" expecting anything near as good; and it's a good job really because while this film has its moments and is certainly a worthwhile slice of Mexican horror; it's also rather flawed and borrows from a lot of better films. The plot focuses on Samuel Magno; a failed pianist who, dismayed by his lack of talent, makes a pact with Satan himself. He gets to become the greatest pianist in the world; but the catch is that every time he plays the piano, he turns into a monster. With help from his mother (who is the only one that can tame him while he's a monster), he tries to break the curse by training a young girl in the art of the piano; but an enthusiastic journalist threatens to expose the whole thing.

The plot is fairly interesting and features enough different elements to ensure that there's always something going on. However, the film moves rather slowly and we're never really made to care about the central character, which can make plugging into his plight a problem. The central plot takes obvious influence from the classic 'Faust' story; but it doesn't work as well here. The fact that Satan makes the central character turn into a monster every time he plays the piano really just makes The Lord of Darkness seem petty since he's not actually getting any benefit from it (unlike Faust, whose soul he bought). The make up effects are not great and look rather like an over the top version of the monster effects in The Wolf Man; although I did actually find them rather easy to get on with. The film is rather artfully done and several sequences are really good; the all-explaining flashback sequence being among the best of them. Overall, this is still a decent horror film and one certainly worth seeing; but it's hardly among the best to come out of Mexico and I wouldn't give it high recommendations.


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